The questions to ask to learn more about your candidates, and be honest about the position.

These 5 Questions will help you separate the good candidates from the great ones.

You need to be prepared when you sit down with any potential candidate. For each interview, it’s a good idea to make notes, and remember what you as the employer want to learn more about.

Each candidate is different, and each position requires some specific questions. But, there are five questions that you should ask every candidate during an interview.

What do you need to know?

5 Questions to Ask Every Candidate

#1: What is your greatest weakness?

This is an important question to ask.

First, you want to make sure that you hire a worker who understands that they aren’t perfect; that are looking to continue to evolve and improve in their career. Allow the candidate some time to expand upon their initial answer, as they might actually develop this answer in the discussion!

You will want someone who is honest and thoughtful in their response. An excellent candidate will also conclude with some idea of how they plan to tackle and overcome this weakness while learning from their superiors at your company.

#2: What is the most difficult project you have ever worked on?

In a candidate’s answer, they will tell you a lot about a relevant project. That this project helped shape them into the worker they are today.

You should be able to hear a lot of details about the project, including some technical aspects, and you may also learn about how the candidate works with others on their team.

Feel free to have follow-up questions to ask when necessary to understand more about how the experience in this difficult project shaped them as a worker.

#3: How do you pay attention to detail?

In any position of labor, attention to detail is very important.

One misstep can create a ripple effect, and potential cause a lot of harm. However, work done well contributes to success for the entire company and addition to the project at hand.

Your candidate should be able to give specific examples of procedures and/or processes that they utilize to complete their work to the best of their abilities. Questions to ask to further the discussion could relate to technical specifics, or even the software they use and how they use it.

#4: Why do you want to work for this company?

This might sound like on of the most overused questions to ask, but it’s not.

You want to hire a candidate who knows about your company and is passionate about contributing to your mission. A good candidate should be able to speak to some of your previous projects and clients, as well as get visibly enthusiastic about becoming part of your team.

Having questions to ask relating to company specifics are even better. If the candidate has a passion about your brand, they will have a passion for their work.

#5: What are you looking to get paid?

A question about salary or compensation is not just a minor detail.

You want to spend time on the candidates who you can afford, and who can also benefit from a position at your company. Knowing their expectations for pay can help you set realistic expectations and also move more quickly through the hiring process.

Having salary expectations clear and understood will allow you to attract the right members at the right pay scale.


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